About the Artist
Martin Steingesser is author of three books of poems, Yellow Horses, Brothers of Morning and The Thinking Heart: the Life & Loves of Etty Hillesum, an earlier version of the current performance one, Etty’s Song, based on Hillesum's journal and letters. The Thinking Heart toured in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont; and in Europe, in Poland, and at the International Etty Hillesum Congress in Belgium. “His poems are ablaze with imagination,” said poet Laure-Anne Bosselaar. “A burning, tender voice,” said former Maine Poet Laureate Baron Wormser. An elementary school student once wrote: “He brings you over the bridge to beautiful poetry—it moves you.” He was Portland, Maine’s first Poet Laureate, 2007-09. As a performance poet, he has given presentations for diverse audiences, from the Poetry and Jazz Festival, in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, to the State House at the Maine Capitol. He has been teaching poetry workshops in Maine Artist-in-Residence programs for 35 years and given the Maine Alliance for Arts Education’s 2006 Bill Bonyun Award “for exemplified talent and professionalism as an artist and contributions to arts education.” He was awarded a Stonecoast Pierre Menard Poetry Scholarship in 2000. “Writing and presenting poems is a way I touch and make present a sense of grace I want in my life,” he says. “There are moments I love in poems I have made—when they are given, when windows, doors, walls blow off, and I am in a warm, boundless space with whoever is listening.” For a preview of his most recent book.
Preferred Audiences: Grades 4-8, Grades 9-12, College, Adult
Disciplines: Literature, Performing Arts, Poetry, Writers Group
Martin SteingesserPO Box 7575
Portland ME 04112-7575